The Total Composure orchestra (TCO) is a full
orchestral sample library created using only samples that are in the
public domain. Total Composure is the first to offer such a library
exclusively for the Kontakt format; making use of Kontakt's scripting
capabilities to greatly enhance the playability, realism, and
functionality of these public domain samples.
The scripting aims
to provide similar functionality across the different instrument groups,
whatever the instrument; while more specific settings play to the
strength of each instrument.
Most of the instruments only contain
one set of samples per articulation, and some only have one recorded
dynamic layer – this is one of the many limitations we have found with
using public domain samples. We have overcome these issues using a
variety of physical modelling techniques that enhance the audio
material. Using dynamic filters and intelligent repetition scripting we
have removed the limitation of single dynamic recordings and solitary
Although we have put a lot of work into this product
it is important to remember that at its core are the samples provided
free of charge by a small number of people. Total Composure has gathered
these samples from various locations and brought them all to one place
where they can be used together. There are over 1500 samples in this
library totalling more than 1.5 GB but we have used Kontakt's lossless
compression to crunch the size to less than 500MB.